Worried About Voting in Person? Here’s How It Can Be Safe

October 20, 2020


Krutika Kuppalli, an assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina, helped lead the writing of guidelines on how to vote safely this year that were jointly released by the Brennan Centre for Justice and the Infectious Diseases Society of America in August. Kuppalli and other colleagues also recently wrote an article for the American College of Emergency Physicians on how doctors should address concerns from their patients about voting in person. The basic through-line of Kuppalli’s advice is to give any potential virus out there as little opportunity to spread as possible.

“Implementing policies and procedures that limit sustained contact with others will decrease the spread of COVID-19 on Election Day,” she said in an email. “The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.”

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